OC­TO­BER 2, 1950

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - Relax -

David Bowie was praised for the ex­quis­ite tim­ing of his final al­bum re­lease.

No one knew of his ter­mi­nal can­cer, so when he died two days after Black Star hit the shelves, it was hailed as the last artis­tic act of an ex­cep­tional show­man.

And Peanuts cre­ator Charles M. Schulz dis­played the same knack for poignant tim­ing, as his last-ever car­toon strip, fea­tur­ing Snoopy typ­ing Schulz’s farewell letter to his fans, ap­peared in news­pa­pers the day after he died in 2000.

With Schulz’s con­tract stip­u­lat­ing that no-one else could ever draw Peanuts after his death, that brought the cur­tain down on an in­cred­i­ble half-cen­tury after the car­toon first ap­peared on Oc­to­ber 2, 1950.

Schulz wrote 17,897 car­toon strips in all, mak­ing it “ar­guably the long­est story ever told by one hu­man be­ing”.

It fo­cused on Char­lie Brown, a meek kid, his dog Snoopy, his sis­ter Sally and his friends Lucy, Li­nus, Franklin and Pep­per­mint Patty – not for­get­ting Wood­stock – who lived in a world where adults were rarely seen or heard.

At its peak, Peanuts ran in more than 2600 news­pa­pers, and was read by 355 mil­lion peo­ple.

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